Koronadal City, September 22, 2017 (DENR) –More or less 150 hills of mangrove known as “Nipa, bakawan, bungalon and pagatpat” were illegally cut recently at Glan Padidu, Glan in Sarangani province without necessary permits from the Glan Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO Glan) and the Protected Area Management Board-Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape. The incident was reported to CENRO Glan by a concerned citizen.Personnel of the office immediately responded and verified the report.Upon verification, mangroves were cut in order to clear the fishpond fronting the Sarangani Bay Protected area. The mangrove area cleared has reached 14,790 sqm and is under the Fishpond Lease Agreement. Person of interest of the said incident has been given a show cause order to immediately stop further cutting of mangroves and nipas in the area. Section 78 of Presidential Decree 705 as amended Executive Order 277 states that “Any person who shall cut, gather, collect, remove timber or other forest products from any forestland, timber from alienable or disposable public land, or from private land, without authority, or possess timber or other forest products without legal documents as required under existing forest laws and regulations, shall be punished with the penalties imposed under Articles 309 and 310 of the Revised Penal Code”. – with reports from CENRO GLAN (DENR12/MMAdam)Joy Uriarte-caballero Ologuin Gerald Dy Robles Cirilo Aguadera Lagnason Jr.Elvira Lumayag




October 24, 2017 - The recently conducted Training Workshop on Flagship Campaign Development for the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape was attended by Information Officers, representatives of the MENRO covered by the SBPS, staff from BFAR and staff from the PENRO.

Among the highlights of the activity were the identification of behavioural change that needs campaign for the conservation and protection of the Sarangani Bay. Also, the participants were able to choose three vulnerable flagship species found within the protected seascape. These are the green sea turtle, Thalassodendrom ciliatum (seagrass) and priority is the dugong, listed as one of the endangered species. Just this October, 3 dugongs were found dead along the shore of the SBPS. Activities for the 22nd Anniversary of the SBPS since it was declared in 1996 as a protected area were also planned out. (MMAdam)

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